Dateline: Events/Week of October 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Million Man March News Update
As thousands gather in Washington, “Million Man” organizer and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakahan attacks as “self-righteous fools” professional black men who are refusing to join the rally.
Some 400,000 black men stand should-to-shoulder in Washington D.C. at the “Million man March” and are urged to dedicate their lives to curing the ills afflicting black America. The event featured a number of speakers.
Louis Farrakhan has a goal – of a 3rd political power not bound to any party. “We intend to be a force in the next election." "We intend never again that our vote and our presence will be taken for granted by anyone,” said the activist.
More news - October 15, 1995
President Clinton urges black and white Americans to “clean our house of racism” Clinton said black men must take more responsibility for themselves and their families and blacks must understand why whites recoil in fear from the violence of some black neighborhoods.
The U.S. Treasury Department says that it will cut back on near-term borrowing to avoid an extraordinary financial crisis at the end of this month. The plan affects offerings of short-term T-bills and some government securities.
The GOP-controlled House approves a Medicare bill that will reshape the 30-year-old health insurance program. It would yield some $270 billion in savings by 2002, mostly by curtailing payments to doctors and hospitals and increasing out-of-pocket payments for beneficiaries.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposes a multibillion-dollar plan under which the federal government would fully reimburse states for providing medical care to illegal aliens.
President Clinton says he supports a federal measure that would outlaw job discrimination against gay men and lesbians. He’s the first President to do so.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton urges the nation’s men to join him in pledging to “never, never lift a hand against a woman” and chastised the Republican-led House for attempting to restrain the Administration efforts to protect battered women.
Some best-selling books – October 15, 1995
Come to Grief – Dick Francis
The Lost World – Michael Crichton
Dead Man’s Walk – Larry McMurtry
The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans
Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
My American Journey – Colin Powell
A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures – Ben Bradlee
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 15, 1995
Tom Hanks rates tops - for the second straight year in Entertainment Weekly’s annual list of Hollywood’s most powerful people.
Robin Williams will be back as the (Aladdin) Genie in a direct-to-video movie – “Aladdin And The King Of Thieves.” It’s the third and final installment of the “Aladdin” series following direct-to-video sequel “Return To Jafar,” which sold 10 million. Look for the newest sometime next year.
Get ready for another Batman movie – as “Batman Forever” will make its home video splash on Halloween. A 128-foot “Batblimp” will be seen in the skies in major cities beginning in San Diego.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 15, 1995
ER – 24.7
Seinfeld – 22.3
Friends – 19.3
Caroline in the City – 18.5
Frasier – 17.9
Single Guy – 16.7
Monday Night Football – 16.2
Baseball Playoffs – 14.6
20/20 – 14.1
Wings – 14.1
Baseball Playoffs – 14.0
Dateline NBC (Tues.) – 13.8
60 Minutes – 13.8
Baseball Playoffs – 13.3
Murphy Brown – 12.9
Newsradio – 12.9
Movie-Trail of Tears – 12.8
Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 12.7
Chicago Hope – 12.3
Pursuit of Happiness – 12.3
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 12.1
Lois & Clark/Superman – 12.1
Baseball Playoffs – 12.1
Walker, Texas Ranger – 12.0
Movie-City Slickers – 11.8
The Nanny – 11.7
Dave’s World – 11.5
Cybill – 11.4
Dazzle – part 1- 1.3
Almost Perfect – 10.6
Television news – October 15, 1995
Singer Brandy Norwood “Brandy” will star in her own TV series. UPN has ordered 13 episodes of “Moesha” in which the 16-year-old plays an outspoken teen growing up in Los Angeles.
Nickelodeon announces plans for a half-hour of prime time programming for children from Sunday to Friday nights. One of the new cartoons – “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss” is being created by Jim Henson’s studio.
“CBS News This Morning” gets another makeover with a new studio and a live audience.
Music news – October 15, 1995
Keith Moore, Sting’s financial adviser is jailed for six years for stealing $9.4 million from the British singer/songwriter.
“The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Bruce Springsteen’s anticipated solo acoustic album will be released November 21. Look for a tour – but mostly in theaters in the U.S. and Europe.
Sweet 75 featuring former Nirvana bassist Krist Noveselic is making the rounds.
Look for a number of books on “The Grateful Dead” One of the most notable is “Garcia,” a collection of articles and photos from Rolling Stone magazine. There’s also one coming from the band’s longtime manager – Rock Scully called “Living With The Dead.”
LL Cool J is about to release a sixth album – “Mr. Smith.” It doesn’t hurt the rapper appears on NBC’s “In The House.” He joins the list of rappers who have made a transition into TV/movie acting – Fresh Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Queen Latifah, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Tone Loc, Kid ‘n Play and Biz Markie.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) is putting the final touches on a new 24-hour all-jazz channel. Programming should start in January.
Radio news – October 15, 1995
Hip Hop formats doing well. In New York City – Hot 97 hits a 6.6 share. KPWR-FM in Los Angeles remains #1 overall.
Westwood One is finalizing plans to syndicate Z-100’s (New York) “Love Phones” and KROQ’s (Los Angeles) “Lovelines.” Both are late night sex/relationship type programs. Also, Westwood One has teamed with Spin Magazine and offers the biweekly 90-minute interview-and-music program “Spin Sessions.”
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 15, 1995
Runaway – Janet Jackson
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.
Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins
Waterfalls – TLC
You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
Tell Me – Groove Theory
Brokenhearted – Brandy
Carnival – Natalie Merchant
Roll To Me – Del Amitri
Back For Good – Take That
Run Around – Blues Traveler
I Can Love You Like That – All-4-One
Name – Goo Goo Dolls
Who Can I Run To – Excape
I’ll Be There For You/This House Is Not A Home – The Rembrandts
Do You Sleep? – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
I Got 5 On It – Luniz
Top/popular music albums – October 15, 1995
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
Dangerous Minds – Soundtrack
Daydream – Mariah Carey
All I Want – Tim McGraw
Starting Over – Reba McIntire
Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish
CrazySexyCool – TLC
Ballbreaker – AC/DC
Greatest Hits 1985-1995 – Michael Bolton
The Women In Me – Shania Twain
One Hot Minute – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
E. 199 Eternal – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Frogstomp – Silverchair
Four – Blues Traveler
Sixteen Stone – Bush
The Gold Experience – PNG
Games Rednecks Play – Jeff Foxworthy
The Show – Soundtrack
Throwing Copper – Live
Father And Son – Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert Sr.
Top Modern Rock Tracks – October 15, 1995
Hand In My Pockett – Alanis Morissette
Name – Goo Goo Dolls
Comedown – Bush
Lump – Presidents of the USA
Geek Stink Breath – Green Day
My Friends – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Possum Kingdom – Toadies
A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters
Tomorrow – Silverchair
Time Bomb – Rancid
Top hit music singles in Britain – October 15, 1995
Fairground – Simply Red
Boombastic – Shaggy
Mis-Shapes/Sorted For E’s & Wizz – Pulp
You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
When Love & Hate Collide – Def Leppard
Who the F**K Is Alice? – Smoke
Light of my Life – Louise
Stayin’ Alive –N-Trance Feat. Ricardo Da Force
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
I’ll Be There For You – Rembrandts
Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1995
Better Things To Do – Terri Clark
She’s Every Woman – Garth Brooks
Dust On The Bottle – David Lee Murphy
I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No – Blackhawk
I Like It, I Love It – Tim McGraw
If the World Had A Front Porch – Tracy Lawrence
No Man’s Land – John Michael Montgomery
Check Yes Or No – George Straight
Let’s Go To Vegas – Faith Hill
Safe In The Arm’s Of Love – Martina McBride
(This Thing Called) Wantin’ And Havin’ It All – Sawyer Brown
Top movies – October 15, 1995
How to make American Quilt
The Scarlet Letter
To Die For
The Big Green
Devil In A Blue Dress